Genres: Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Published by Parajunkee Publishing
Released on May 13, 2016
Honor closes out the series, NOLA Zombie, with a heartfelt romance and action that will have you cheering for the team. We meet Tim “Romeo” Voiter and Lena Dervay in SHFT, 0.5 in the series, where Romeo is providing security to the actress who tries to give them the slip. At the cusp of the zombie outbreak, they both are running to save their lives. Romeo puts her in a rental car and she heads out while he goes to save his family. Lena doesn’t make it far and Romeo bears a tragic loss. Now months later, their story picks up in Honor.
After the tragic loss of a family member and one of team members, Romeo has lost the will to care for anything. He sits on the judging council as they go through the gang’s charged felons, bringing justice to the camp. It’s not a glamorous job and in fact makes Romeo retreat ever more into himself, becoming cold and uncaring. When an unexpected call comes over the radio they have set up, Romeo finds out that Lena is still alive, his one regret being he let her go off on her own. When he can’t get a group to help rescue them, he heads off to bring the group to them.
Lena Dervay is just surviving. She’s not a prima donna like others, but the situation is bleak as her group has holed up in a middle school that continually gets breached by zombies. With that constant fear riding her, she also has to contend with incompetent Army Lieutenant who she slept with early on, but now is being stalked. Each day is a terror at staying alive, but also not being raped by an obsessive and power hungry man in charge.
This doesn’t start off as a romance, but as a survival quest to save people and to redeem a small piece of Romeo who is so guilt ridden. There are alpha who doesn’t need to prove himself and a weak man throwing his power around. Several women who are really the strength and reason of the world *smirks* and zombies roaming everywhere. A romance does blossom despite all that is against it. Past characters show up to be the badasses they always were to keep everyone safe.
I don’t know the layout of New Orleans well, so I relied on the author’s knowledge to get me around. There are tense moments as Romeo makes his way alone to their location and even more tense moments afterwards. The sexual tension is slow to burn up, but once it does, these two combust. Throw in an alpha woman who is second in charge throwing them together.
The story does have and ending that you can feel comfortable knowing it is over, but also it could be open to a new series. Not iron clad closures, but I do suspect we won’t be visiting this world again. I like that the author didn’t drag this series along to the point we grow tired of the characters and the situation. She ended it on a happy note, but I won’t say why it was happy.
Overall, this was a great romance to end the series that I have grown to love. Everyone needs a Romeo in their life.
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